Rev. Russell H. Dilday, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, is fired for what seminary trustees called serious "doctrinal and policy differences." The vote is 26-7 on a board of trustees that has become completely dominated by fundamentalists.
Starting in 1979, conservatives and fundamentalists in the Southern Baptist Convention began an organized effort to eliminate moderate and liberal views within the organization. They ensured that only their supporters were voted into positions of power and authority while liberals and moderates are removed.
Rev. Russell H. Dilday is thus one more casualty in the Fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a process he himself has called "a self-destructive, contentious, one-sided feud that at times took on combative characteristics".